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Betty's husband was due Home Leave every 21/2 years, but his home leave was cancelled for the duration of the War - they had "local leave" instead.  So on 4th September 1945, Gervas and Betty and their (by now) four children left Northern Rhodesia by train to Capetown, where on 10th September they joined the SS Mauretania (whose journey had started in New Zealand), and arrived back in England, in Liverpool, on 24th September, exaclty nine years to the day from the day they had left after their wedding.

Gervas had to return to work, so flew back on 22nd February 1946.  Betty then left the elder two children in the care of Gervas's parents for the next three years, and on 6th June she sailed back to Africa on the Carnavon Castle with the two younger ones, then aged 3 and 1.

Gervas was now posted to Kitwe, a Copperbelt town, quite a change from the out-stations where he had been posted all his career until his brief previous posting in the Secretariat in the Capital, Lusaka.


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